Plain and simple, there's just oodles of cool Star Wars swag out there. It's almost insane trying to keep up. We'll do our best to point out the best of the best in our new "Swagalicious" posts.
To kick things off check out this awesome Star Wars Micro-Machine clock we just discovered from seller YOUgNEEK on Etsy.com. The clock, priced at $89.99, is currently sold out. Here's a description from the site:
"This beautiful clear and chrome Sterling and Noble clock boasts 12 vintage classic Action Fleet Micro Machine battleships and vessels. They are finished in a pewter color. Each Star Wars Starships and Fighters clock is YOU gNeek and one-of-a-kind. If you have some favorite ships or vehicles in mind, let me know so I can include them if I have them in stock. Time to do battle! Requires one AA battery (not included - I use to include them but it made shipping more expensive a couple times)."
If there's one thing I hate in a directory, it's when things get mushed together. Mush certainly defeats the entire purpose of a directory. The trick is keeping things well organized in proper categories and sub-categories without creating so many categories and sub-categories that users have to click through a maze to find the sites they want. When directories become too compartmentalized they can become frustrating and even worse... useless. Balance, balance and more balance.
Keeping that in mind, we have made another major improvement to the directory. We noticed that inside the "People" => "Cast" category (which has almost 150 sites currently) there were many types of cast members getting mushed together. Star Wars is such a huge playground with so many types of properties and so many talented actors, we decided to break "Cast" into five distinct sub-categories to make it much easier to locate the types of cast members you want to find. Obviously, there's lots of overlap, and as usual, we've cross-referenced when appropriate. The new sub-categories are:
Live Action Feature Film
Live Action Television
Animated Film & TV Voice Work
Video Game Voice Work
Radio Dramas & Other Expanded Universe
The main reason for the split as you can easily see is keeping the film and television actors separate from those that do voice work in animated projects and/or video games. Voice work is something most Star Wars fans probably think very little about, but it's amazing how many people have lent voice talent to Star Wars properties. We know that we have not found them all, so please be sure to keep the suggestions coming!
Well, the new year marks our six month anniversary here at GB. Can it really be six months already? Looking back at where we started, we've come a long way, baby. We're pretty darn happy with what we've accomplished thus far, but fear not... we've only just begun! As we said in our interview over at Lightsabre, we're in this for the long haul.
2009 promises to be a big year at The Binder. We've got tons planned for you folks, including mountains of giveaways, some insanely cool interviews and some great surprises to keep you on your toes.
To start the year, we'll be kicking off our new version of PictureBinder - the Star Wars picture descrambler that we've made into a guessing game. Some of you may have noticed the PictureBinder page is now linked in from our homepage. Well, keep your eye on it... because we're going to be launching new PB contests (with some cool prizes) very soon. We've revamped the technology to make it even harder for people to descramble the image and to help keep the playing field level for everyone involved.
So as 2009 approaches, we raise our glass in toast to a happy and healthy New Year. Let's hope 2009 is filled with even more Star Wars goodness than those that have come before.
Working on this directory is an interesting thing to say the least. The Star Wars universe is so huge and far reaching... most of the time it takes me in a million different directions at once. But every once in a great while, there's a day I get stuck in one tiny corner of the galaxy and just get lost. Today was one of those days for me and that tiny corner was Lego Star Wars. Okay, that's hardly a "tiny" corner. Legos are hugely popular these days!
First, let me say that I made a significant change to the structure of the directory. In our "Communities" category, we had one catch-all sub-category called "Modeling, Customizing & Droid Building". I realized this was far too broad, so I broke it up into three distinct pieces:
General Modeling & Toy Customizing
I feel that should make the directory much more user friendly, as these are all very distinct and robust communities. Of course, once I added the Lego Modeling sub-category, I just had to add some of my personal favorite Lego Star Wars sites! Check out what I added by going to the Lego Modeling sub-category. And please use the Fans Suggest Listings Form if you have anything to add; I know I only scratched the surface today!
Well, to top off my "Lego Day"... I have posted a new Top List to the site featuring the Top 20 Reasons to Love Lego Star Wars. It's full of pictures and videos, and I hope you find the list entertaining. Make sure to watch the Eddie Izzard Youtube clip! (Warning: It has adult language.) I laughed so hard I almost chucked!
As I was slogging away on the GB directory today, I "suddenly" realized that there's just such an insane amount of cool Star Wars stuff out there on the web... it truly is overwhelming. Hey, for a guy who runs a directory... overwhelming is the name of the game; it's my reason to be.
But I also stopped to consider all of the places I've found those choice nuggets of Star Wars goodness. I'm not talking about your mainstream Star Wars news. Heck, when Lucasfilm, LucasArts or whoever else pops up a press release or news story on their main sites... there's plenty of folks (including me) ready to grab the ball and run.
Instead, I'm talking about those odd, strange, weird, kooky and whacky Star Wars things you find on the web. The fan-made Star Wars teapot, the picture of an Pennsylvania license plate that reads "AT AT", the video of a cat eating a Gamorrean Guard action figure... or even the Lego Star Wars Nativity scene (which we posted on the main page yesterday). Those offbeat tidbits are the reason some have accused me of spending far too much time hunched over my keyboard in my Herman Miller Aeron chair.
I look all over the place for that stuff, and I never know where I'm going to find it. There's some tremendous blogs that dig up some odd tidbits, Flickr has many buried treasures and there's always Bonnie Burton at the ready with a Star Wars knit potholder or papier mache Ewok. (Bonnie remains a shining beacon in my quest for the interesting. How we've never met, I've yet to comprehend.)
But my question to you is... where do YOU go to find these things? Do any recent online adventures pop to your mind which made you say, "Wowza... look at that! I never knew anything like THAT was out there in the fandom universe!" If so... share it with us!
We'd like to welcome everyone to our new blogging feature here at GalacticBinder.com!
We hope you'll enjoy our ramblings about all aspects of the Star Wars universe - from our thoughts on the latest Clone Wars episodes... to our favorite Star Wars books, recent convention experiences, interviews... or even reviews of new sites we've added to the directory.
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